Common Hearing Aid Issues and Their Solutions

  1. Hearing Aid Batteries

Hearing aids are a common treatment for people who suffer from hearing loss but like any other hardware, they are susceptible to technical problems. Many people are not aware of how to fix some of those issues, so they end up discontinuing use of the hearing aids. Here are some common hearing aid issues and what you could do to solve them.

Weak sound

If you are having an issue with your hearing aids sound, you must first examine your device. Try checking if your dome is clogged with earwax and if it is, have it replaced. If your hearing aid is open fit, examine your tube to check for the earwax. Ensure that the tube does not have blockages, cracks, or moisture. This could be blocking sound from effectively reaching your ear. Adjust the volume using the remote control or the volume control wheel if your hearing aids are manual. Your hearing might also have changed if it has been a while since your last evaluation. Schedule a hearing test with a professional for reevaluation. They might need to change your hearing aids to accommodate any changes in your hearing loss.

Amplified sounds

When you start using hearing aids, some sounds like chewing and swallowing might seem amplified at first. Take time to adjust to these sounds. If after a month of use the sounds are still uncomfortably loud, have your settings changed. If you start to notice an echoing sound, it could be the settings on the ear-molds and air vents. If enough air is not getting to your ear canal, your ears get blocked, and this amplifies the sounds. If you suspect that this is the problem, speak to a hearing care professional to have the settings adjusted.

Batteries running out quickly

Batteries should last for a week on average. If you have a high degree of hearing loss, your batteries might run out faster because you need a more powerful function from your hearing aids. Frequent use of the Bluetooth function on your the aids also drains the batteries quickly. Batteries should, however, last a minimum of three days regardless of the mentioned factors. Battery type also influences the lifespan. If your batteries are running out after less than three days of use, have your device checked. You can also opt for hearing aids with rechargeable batteries so that you don’t have to keep replacing the batteries. If you do not want rechargeable batteries, you can extend the life of your batteries by keeping them away from moisture and metal objects.

If you try the tips mentioned and your hearing aids performance does not improve, visit Beltone Audiology. Ensure your hearing aids are well maintained. Proper maintenance keeps your devices at optimum performance with a long life and keeps your ear hygiene healthy.